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Tiger Mask

TV, ep.105 (~23 min.), 1969

 

Information:

Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sports, Shounen
Tags: Martial Arts, Sports
Release Date: 02.10.1969 ‑ 30.09.1971
Studios: Toei Animation Co., Ltd.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
Type: TV (1969)
Episodes: 105, ~23 min.

Alternative names:

タイガーマスク
Tygrysia Maska
Tiger Mask
Tiger Mask (whose real name was Naoto Date) was a feared heel wrestler in America who was extremely vicious in the ring. However, he became a face after returning to Japan when a young boy said that he wanted to be a villain like Tiger Mask when he grew up. The boy resided in an orphanage, the same one that Tiger Mask grew up in during his childhood. Feeling that he did not want the boy to idolize a villain, Tiger was inspired to be a heroic wrestler.
The main antagonist in the manga and anime was Tiger's Cave, a mysterious organization that trained young people to be villainous heel wrestlers on the condition that they gave half of their earnings to the organization. Tiger Mask was once a member of Tiger's Cave under the name "Yellow Devil", but no longer wanted anything to do with them, instead donating his money to the orphanage. This infuriated the leader of the organization and he sent numerous assassins, including other professional wrestlers, to punish him.
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Related anime:

Tiger Mask TV, 1969
Tiger Mask (Shinsaku) TV
Gekijouban Tiger Mask Movie, 1970, Side Story
Tiger Mask Fuku Men League Sen Movie, 1970, Side Story
Tiger Mask Nisei TV, 1981, Sequel

Related manga:

Tiger Mask Manga, 1968, Adaptation

Related characters:

Naoto DATE
Naoto DATE
Kentarou Takaoka
Kentarou Takaoka
Ruriko Wakatsuki
Ruriko Wakatsuki